Middleton woman indicted for allegedly trying to buy a gun for a felon

Federal prosecutors say a Middleton woman tried to buy a gun for a convicted felon.

An indictment, returned Wednesday in federal court in Madison, charges Shawna Tantillo, 34, with straw purchasing a firearm for a felon, conspiring to violate the law prohibiting felons from possessing firearms and lying on a firearms purchase form.

Federal prosecutors allege someone, identified in court papers only as “Person 1,” asked Tantillo to buy a firearm on Nov. 28. They believe she was aware Person 1 was a felon.

Tantillo bought a .380 handgun from a gun store in Cross Plains on Dec. 7. Prosecutors allege in court documents Tantillo falsely declared on the purchase form she was the actual transferee or buyer.

She picked up the firearm from the gun store the next day and handed it to the felon, who gave Tantillo $150, federal prosecutors said in a written statement Wednesday.

The straw purchase charge carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison, if she’s convicted. The conspiracy and false statement charges each carry maximum penalties of five years in prison.

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